RIAA Honors KISS As American Band With Most Gold Albums
September 15, 2015 at 12:14 PM (PT)
GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY have yet another keepsake to put alongside their KISS coffin, lunch box and leather codpiece -- an RIAA honor for having the most gold albums all time by any AMERICAN band.
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME group, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has earned more GOLD ALBUM RECORD AWARDS than any AMERICAN band in the history of the RIAA's GOLD & PLATINUM AWARDS certifications.
In the last 41 years, KISS has earned 30 Gold albums (26 KISS albums + 4 solo albums that were all released simultaneously -- a feat never before achieved by any band.) KISS has 14 Platinum albums, with three of those multi-Platinum.
“Congratulations to KISS – the new GOLD standard for albums by AMERICAN bands,” said RIAA Chairman/CEO CARY SHERMAN. “What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their GOLD album milestone and continued success."
KISS' most recent album, "Monster," debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the BILLBOARD 200 best-selling albums chart and Top 10 in 20 other countries. "KISS 40," an album celebrating the band's four-decade-long legacy, is available now.